From a glimpse of its Badlands to its lineage with a U.S. president, Kansas has a lot on the horizon in 2019. According to Kelli Hilliard of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism, different aspects of the state’s history and culture can be discovered at the following five new or refreshed attractions:
The Eisenhower Presidential Museum
This historical center in Abilene will debut its updated gallery spaces during the 75th anniversary D-Day Commemoration June 1–6. The week’s activities will also include symposiums featuring guest speakers, a remembrance ceremony and a commemorative concert by the Salina Symphony.
Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park
Groups can check out Kansas’ Badlands at this park in the northwestern part of the state. Towering rock formations rise 100 feet above Little Jerusalem’s mile-long valley and a grouping of Niobrara Chalk formations that have been off-limits to the public will be on view when the park opens in mid-2019.
The Midwest Dream Car Collection
Set to be unveiled April 13 in a new space in downtown Manhattan, the MDCC features an eclectic mix of early roadsters, muscle cars and exotics from across the United States.
Wichita’s Boats & Bikes
Paddling enthusiasts can get out on the waters of the Arkansas River in downtown Wichita thanks to Boats & Bikes, which will offer kayak, canoe and paddleboat rentals near the city’s new boathouse and public dock this spring.
The Boot Hill Museum
The attraction in Dodge City broke ground on a new exhibit hall. The updated facility is expected to be ready to go in the first half of 2020.
Top photo: Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park
Photo by Doug Stremel/Kansas Tourism
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